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Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Plane downed in Ukraine was in unrestricted airspace - IATA

Published on Jul 18, 2014 3:01 AM
A man stands in front of a display showing plane locations around Malaysia at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang July 18, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (Reuters) - A global airline industry group said on Thursday that a Malaysian airliner downed over Ukraine appeared to have been flying through ordinary and open airspace when it crashed.

"Based on the information currently available, it is believed that the airspace that the aircraft was traversing was not subject to restrictions," the Geneva-based International Air Transport Association said in a statement.